Magic Hat Brewing Company
A stout should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal in itself. Heart of Darkness serves as dessert, too, thanks to its chocolate aftertaste. It’s best from a tap, of course, poured by a barkeep who knows the importance of a frothy top-layer, thick enough so you can stand a pencil upright inside the glass. The beer is crafted by one of my favorite breweries, Magic Hat, which is a social and economic fixture in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. Turn off Route 7 near Shelburne and take what might be the best self-guided brewery tour in the country.